This is not a breakfast dish. The eggs are actually inside the tea, as part of the drink.
Waking in Henry’s study was annoying enough for Melissa, but trying to choke down Henry’s tea was worse. Melissa could not understand why Victorians couldn’t make normal food.
This recipe is a combination of two tea recipes from The Bohemian-American Cookbook by Marie Rosicky, published by the Automatic Printing Company ((www.autoprintomaha.com).
Note: Henry preferred rum and lemon juice in his, but he prepared Melissa’s tea with sugar and cream.
Tea with Eggs
1 teaspoon tea leaves
3 cups boiling water
Sugar and cream OR rum and lemon juice
Several egg yolks
A bit of cold water
Pour boiling water on the tea leaves, let it steep a few moments, then strain. Add sugar and cream or rum and lemon juice. Beat several egg yolks with a bit of cold water, pour them into the tea, beating constantly. Beat over the fire until it foams (it must not boil) and serve.
From "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"
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